Wednesday, February 27<sup>th</sup>, 2019, marked the official presentation and ribbon cutting of the new comprehensive Applied Sciences and Workforce Development Center at Isothermal Community College in Spindale, North Carolina.
Leadership from Trelleborg Coated Systems US, Inc. in Rutherfordton, NC, attended the event, having pledged a substantial, multi-year donation to support the Applied Sciences and Workforce Development Center. Trelleborg's logo and information can be found throughout the new building.
Trelleborg continues to invest in Isothermal to train and educate a modern workforce and build a better future for their local community. "Isothermal College is an integral part of our community. It is privilege for Trelleborg to partner with the college to help prepare our students and workers for the technical challenges of the future", says Steve Brockman, General Manager.
Company executives at Trelleborg supported the partnership with ICC after they were approached by Thad Harrill, ICC vice president of Community and Workforce Development and College Advancement.
"I can't reiterate how important this kind of alliance is," Harrill said Wednesday. "We in education can't do it alone. We have the capacity to do it and the space; they have the need."
The college is actively seeking partnerships, with several other locations in the center and the center itself still open for naming. "Trelleborg our first, and we hope there's many more," said Harrill.
About 150 people attended the unveiling of ICC's 30,715-square-foot, state-of-the-art Engineering, Technology, and Workforce Development Center. The building was designed to benefit ICC students studying manufacturing, robotics, electronics, and engineering and to boost economic development by offering space for a new and growing industry in the county.
Along with instructional space and advanced technologies, the Applied Sciences and Workforce Development Center will boast an innovative incubation space for new and existing local businesses.
With the fees that remain, ICC Vice President of Administrative Services Stephen Matheny, who oversaw much of the project, estimates that it will come in at around $7.8 million. It was possible due to the support of the U.S. Economic Development Administration, the Rutherford County Board of Commissioners, the ICC Board of Trustees, the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Golden LEAF Foundation, the North Carolina Connect Bond, and sponsors like Trelleborg.